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Text of full-page ad to be published in the Fresno Bee
To participate in the ad email the address at the end of the letter.
Support Life . . . No More Drones - a Statement & Petition
9/11, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Newtown, Boston - these are names that sear our memories. Shootings, bombings and other random mass killings have troubled our psyches with apprehension, fear and visions of revenge. Our country has not been spared the level of pain that other parts of the world have been suffering for a long time.
Reports from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Middle East speak of the psychological terror that our U.S. drones cause on all the peoples living below. Our nation's ever-increasing use of lethal drones to attack and kill people whom our government defines as enemy terrorists is a critical reason why hatred towards Americans is increasing. Farmers are kept from caring for their crops and children are kept from attending school or running errands for fear of being hit by drone missiles. Can we begin to identify with the acute insecurity that our drones impose upon these human beings, our world neighbors, who live in fear of death falling from the sky? Many of the victims of this deadly weapon are not unlike the schoolchildren in Newtown or the crowd-participants at the Boston Marathon. The killing of human life and the anguish and anger caused are the same!
We believe there is a better way. Our God is a God of Life and Peace. We are people who strive to follow and live out the teachings of Jesus Christ. In response to the violence that has invaded our world we embrace the teachings of Jesus, to "love your enemies." Instead of more powerful weapons or more deadly methods to destroy the enemy, we strongly urge our nation's citizens to reach out to our enemies in ways of healing and assistance toward developing peaceful communities with a better life for all.
We are adamantly opposed to our nation's use of drones to kill and destroy those whom our government has defined as "our threatening enemy". We believe that all methods of forceful violence that bring harm and death to other peoples is terribly wrong, and that lethal drones are just a newer and particularly callous form for humans to inflict violence upon others.
We whose names appear below urgently implore our nation's leaders to end the use of lethal drones.
This statement is sponsored by the Mennonite Peacemakers. The undersigned have contributed in order that this statement could be published. For further information on Mennonite Peacemakers visit our website at http://peacemaking.us/mennos/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 11, 2011
9-11 Ten Years Later: A Service of Remembrance and Prayer will be held at College Community Church MB at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11. It will be a time of reflection, lament and prayer. Plan to be part of this time of remembrance of the 9-11 tragedy.
November 15, 2009 Forum on health care
6:00 PM at Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary in the BC Lounge, Chestnut and Butler Avenues, Fresno.
Tammy Alexander, Legislative Associate, MCC Washington Office
D. Duane Oswald, President, CEO, Avante Health
Dr. Roger Fast, Fresno surgeon
On Sunday evening, November 16, 2008, a forum on global warming was held at the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary BC lounge. This Mennonite Peacemaker sponsored event featured a four person panel including Steve Ratzlaff, Michael Kunz, Ken Martens Friesen, and Mary Anne Isaak. Panelists shared biblical reflections, scientific background, practical steps we can take, and opinions on why more hasn't been done already to tackle this issue. Click here for notes from the meeting.
We published a full-page ad in the Fresno Bee on October 13, 2007 with our Statement of Conscience and Faith to Our Community and Our Nation. If you have questions or would like to contribute toward its publication, please call 559-618-0218 or email email@example.com.
Prayer vigil for the war in Iraq
A Service of Prayer and Protest marking the fourth
anniversary of the Iraq war was held March 18, 2007 Sponsored by Mennonite Peacemakers. With Scripture, prayer and the arts, we brought to God our lament for the ongoing violence and loss of
life--both American and Iraqi, both soldier and citizen. We ask that God
will give us strength to resist trusting in violence and will guide us in
finding creative ways to engage the powers of our world for peace. We
pray for the end of war. The attendees paid for and put together 40 refugee kits for delivery to Iraq by Mennonite Central Committee.
Broken by Lynette Ratzlaff as part of her potter's lament.
©2007 Lynette Ratzlaff. Used by permission.
Screen grabs from video by Jim Grant ©2007 used by permission
Lynette Ratzlaff's broken tile.
Iraq relief kits being assembled
Materials used in the service
On the first Sunday of Advent, November 28, 2004 an Advent Prayers for Peace service was held at College Community Church (MB) in Clovis, CA. The service was sponsored by Mennonite Peacemakers. The service included prayers, scripture readings, and singing as we meditated on the coming of Christ in the context of the on-going war in Iraq.
May 1, 2004 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Mennonite Peacemakers sponsored a plenary session and workshop: "Economics of Peace and Justice." Guest speaker will be Marty Shupack, from the Mennonite Central Committee Washington office.
Agenda for the event:
Registration is $8.00 for pre-registered adults, $10.00 on the day of the conference. The conference is free for students who pre-register, $5.00 for students registering at the event. Lunch is included.
The gathering will be held at Mennonite Community Church, Olive and Willow in Fresno. Registration forms (available here soon) with checks should be sent to College Community Church, 2529 Willow, Clovis, CA 93612 and made payable to College Community Church.
Responding to "America at War" Mennonite Conversation and Prayer October 5, 2002 - keynote speaker Ed Martin MCC Central South Asia Director with 8 break out groups for conversations and prayerful listening
The Reedley Peace Center, which is loosely affiliated with First Mennonite Church, meets every Friday night at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of First Mennonite Church, 12th and L Streets. If you would like to be on a mailing list to be notified of future events, send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peace Fresno has presented the Fresno City Council with a resolution for a "Peaceful Solution to the International Dispute with Iraq". Those who are interested may want to make their views known to their council members.
After the events of September 11, 2001 a group of Mennonites interested in active peacemaking began to meet in Fresno California to talk about how a peacemaker responds to the new situation in which we find ourselves. They are from both Mennonite Brethren and Mennonite Church USA congregations. The group's first concrete action was publishing "A Letter to the American People" as a full page advertisement in the Fresno Bee on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 2002. 284 Fresno area people signed and paid for the publication.
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